In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid. And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought…
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A few of my favorite Pope quotes:
“I believe in God, not in a Catholic God; there is no Catholic God. There is God and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation…”
“Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is Good. … Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.”
…the church has been run from the Vatican, and the Vatican pursues its own interests.
“The church is or should go back to being a community of God’s people, and priests, pastors, and bishops, who have the care of souls, are at the service of the people of God.”
“Heads of the church have often been narcissists, flattered and thrilled by their courtiers,” he said at another point. “The court is the leprosy of the papacy.”
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Francis seemed to hint in his response that those who don’t believe are not necessarily excluded from God’s forgiveness.
“Given that — and this is the key point — God’s mercy has no limits, if you go to him with a sincere and repentant heart, the issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience,” Francis writes in his letter.
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Beginning to think that this new pope is pretty dope.
“Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Thursday Mass with prisoners.”